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Police Set To Honour Slain Officers In Delta




By Stephen Asaba-ase

The Nigeria Police Force is profoundly saddened by the devastating loss of six (6) courageous officers in Delta State, who exhibited exceptional valour in the face of adversity.

Congress learnt that these brave officers tragically was ambushed by armed assailants while undertaking a mission to investigate the disappearance and to rescue three of their colleagues in the Ohoro Forest, Delta State, while six (6) others are currently missing-in-action. “Our hearts felt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen officers”.

This is according to a statement by the ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, MNIPR, MIPRA, FCAI which was signed by the state police spokesman, Bright Edafe on March 23, 2024.

The statement reads, “We stand in solidarity with the families of this heroes, offering our deepest condolences and earnestly praying for the peaceful repose of the departed souls.

“The deceased officers include Inspector Abe Olubunmi (IRT) enlisted on 1st August, 2003; Inspector Friday Irorere (51 PMF) enlisted on 1st January, 2003; Sergeant Kuden Elisha (51 PMF) enlisted on 17th October, 2011; Sergeant Akpan Aniette (51 PMF) enlisted on 17th October, 2011; Sergeant Ayere Paul (IRT) enlisted on 17th October, 2011; and Sergeant Ejemito Friday (51 PMF) enlisted on 17th October, 2011.

“While the officers currently missing-in-action include Inspector Onoja Daniel enlisted 1st February, 2003; Inspector Onogho Felix enlisted on 1st January, 2004; Inspector Emmanuel Okoroafor enlisted 1st April, 2004; Inspector Joel Hamidu enlisted 1st June 2006, Sergeant Moses Eduvie enlisted 17th October, 2011, all of 51 PMF; and Sergeant Cyril Okorie (SWAT) enlisted 17th October, 2011.

“However, the Nigeria Police Force is committed to honouring the memory of our fallen heroes by recognizing their bravery, dedication and sacrifice”, he said

He also stated that, “In line with this background the Nigerian police will posthumously honour the slain officers for their noble services and their ultimate sacrifice to the Nigerian police force would be acknowledged at the Nigeria Police Awards and Commendations Ceremony scheduled for April 5th, 2024 in Abuja”.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun Ph.D., NPM, in response, has expectedly taken a decisive actions. The bodies of six (6) of the slain officers have been recovered after a fierce search conducted by a combined team of police officers and other security outfits.

“The Nigerian police is keened on the search for the other six (6) officers and their families have also been properly contacted, he affirmed

“More so, the Inspector General of Police has mandated the expedited process of payment and all entitlements due to the families of the fallen officers, aimed to ease the financial burdens they may encounter in this challenging time.

“Similarly, immediate measures have been initiated to ensure that justice is served swiftly and the perpetrators of this abhorrent crime are brought to justice.

“The Inspector General of Police had mandated the deployment of all necessary resources and personnel to apprehend those responsible for this senseless killing of our officers, and this has led to the arrest of five (5) suspects in connection with the preceding incident and the killing, who are currently volunteering information necessary for the rounding up of all the perpetrators.

“It is paramount to underscore that contrary to perceived notions in some quarters, the Nigeria Police Force is committed to responding decisively to the loss of its officers and men as a result of the many unforeseen hazards associated with our job due to the dynamics of crimes and criminality globally.

“Recent incidents, such as the murder of SP Angbashim in Rivers State, the criminals were painstakingly traced to their hideout, decimated during the exchange of gunfire with gallant operatives of the Force is a vital pointer.

“Notable also is the swift and robust response to the attack on the Police Command Headquarters in Adamawa State, Inspector Jacob Daniel was gruesomely murdered, which was followed by a visit to Adamawa State by the IGP, and the timely response by Mr. President upon being briefed.

“Equally, efforts were intensified in that regard to seek redress and ensure sanctions for the attackers.

“The Nigeria Police Force unequivocally condemns any further assaults on Police Officers and other law enforcement personnel who selflessly dedicate their time in safeguarding the lives and properties of citizens.

“Reiterating the NPF’s dedication to upholding law and order, and urging our officers to remain resolute in the discharge of their lawful duties, undeterred by such cowardly acts.

“Meanwhile, individuals and groups peddling unnecessary and insensitive publications circulated in the media space are urged not to make light of this loss to the NPF but to sympathise with the police in these sorrowful times.

The Inspector General of Police, while assuring police officers and men, as well as the public said that no effort would be spared in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice as the killers have murdered sleep and would be tracked down to account for their reprehensible acts, called upon well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force by providing any pertinent information that may aid in the apprehension of the perpetrators.

“Together, we will ensure that justice is served and peace and security will prevail in the country”, he added.

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